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Fred Titmus passes away

Fred Titmus, former England Test player and Honorary Life Member of MCC, has died aged 78 - after a long illness.

Titmus made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1949, aged just 16.

Six years later he made his England debut, against South Africa, at Lord's.

His international career spanned 20 years, as he made 53 Test and two One Day International appearances for his country.

In Test cricket he scored over 1,000 runs and captured more than 150 wickets.

He played on for Middlesex into his 50th year, becoming one of the county's youngest and oldest players in a 34-year career with the Lord's-based side.

Titmus scored 1,000 runs and took 100 wickets in a season on no fewer than nine occasions, a record shared with former England teammate Trevor Bailey, who passed away earlier this year.

"Tremendous man"

After his illustrious playing career Titmus continued to serve the game as coach and then England selector. He was also part of the MCC Cricket Committee from 1968-69 (whilst still a Test player) and again from 1981-2000.

MCC's Head of Cricket John Stephenson recalled Titmus fondly: "Fred Titmus was a cricketing legend and a tremendous man.

"I first came into contact with Fred when I was on the fringes of the England squad - when he was a national selector. He’d had a hugely distinguished playing career but had then moved on to become an excellent coach. He was always very supportive and on hand to suggest useful tips.

"Following his election as an Honorary Life Member in 1981, he was an influential member of the MCC Cricket Committee for 19 years, so his passing is a sad day for us all at MCC."

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